How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...